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protect the libyan people from a tyrant. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaves two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe. tonight, more than 30 countries. two more
's just not right. >> showed what happened in b benghazi was not an anti-american protest. it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the level, the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress yesterday that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a pre-planned or spontaneous attack. >> we're still developing facts and still looking for any indications of substantial advance planning. we just haven't seen that at this point. >> reporter: meanwhile, in tripoli today, at a memorial for the four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as a friend of the libyan people. there were reports today that ambassador stevens believed that he was on a terrorist hit list. but secretary clinton and other u.s. officials said today they have absolutely no reason to believe that that is true. diane? >> thank you so much, jon. and as you just said, the p
in the dead of night in benghazi two weeks ago today. he extommed the humanity and hope stevens stood for. today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like chris stevens, and not by his killers. >> reporter: but, in many ways, the president's speech seemed targeted at his domestic audience -- accused by republicans of glibly down playing the unrest in the muslim world, the president demanded an end to the violence. >> there is no speech that justifies the mindless violence. there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. >> reporter: and while only days ago, the white house was asking youtube to review whether that anti-muslim film violated the terms of use -- today the president offered a full throated defense of freedom of speech. >> like me, the majority of americans are christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. >> reporter: that was followed by a call to stop those who fan the flames against the west and its allies. t is time to marginalize those that hate the west or israel as central politics. >> reporter: a smaller p
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